Shenendehowa CSD Shatekon Elementary School Design
Clifton Park, New York
To resourcefully maximize funding, Shatekon Elementary School was designed to physically connect with its sister school, while embracing its own identity, educational culture and mission. To differentiate the Shatekon Elementary School design from its sister school, the designer created a separate vehicular entrance with controlled access between the two schools.
Shatekon, meaning “balanced life,” includes a beautiful, lofty entrance and atrium gathering space that provides natural day-lighting and controlled security access. Upon entering the atrium, the media center is centrally located opposite the entrance, isolated from the academic wings and accessible for use after hours. Two academic wings distinctly separate the lower K-2 grades from the higher 3-5 grade level.
The gymnasium offers multi-purpose and community use as it includes a stage area for school performances and activities, as well as public restrooms. Classrooms are bright and airy, including the colorful Kindergarten rooms which feature a prominent arch at the back of each room and encompass the reading and play areas for students.
Additionally, there are dedicated art, music and computer classrooms throughout the building. Shatekon is fully air-conditioned with a specialized chiller to minimize noise, and features energy efficient light fixtures throughout.
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